Army Computer Break-in Probably Broke The Law

from the oops dept

There was a lot of news early this week about a new security firm that broke into some Army computers. They used the break-in to highlight how easy it was for them to access “classified” materials and to get lots of publicity for themselves. I didn’t post the article, because it seemed pretty clear that the data they accessed wasn’t really that special. Now, it turns out that announcing the info publicly may not have been the smartest move. Within hours, the FBI was at their door with search warrants. Publicity is nice, but it doesn’t do you much good when you’re in jail. And, with the Feds now able to put hackers in jail for life, I wonder if they’re looking for a “test” case.

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